Nearly everyday we tell you about some oddball holiday or observance. Today, we pat ourselves on the back. It’s National Radio Day. Unfortunately nobody gets the day, off including us, and we’re in the business.

Radio dates back to the late 1800s when a young man by the name of Guglielmo Marconi began doing experiments in the attic of his home and invented the first wireless telegraph. He took his invention outdoors, and with increased power and longer antennas, he was able to transmit messages further and further distances until 1901, when he sent a radio message across the Atlantic from England to Canada, a distance of 2,000 miles. The message wasn't all that interesting. With a telegraph key, he sent the letter “S”.

Radio is one of the free services that we still get. Think about it – how many things do you get these days that are free? You buy a radio, plug it in and listen. We never send you a bill. But can you believe some people complain about the commercials they have to listen to? That’s what makes it free for you. Because people pay us to advertise their products or services. Why would people complain? Don’t complain.

There’s a feeling that National Radio Day is an invention of people in the radio business. We’re always telling you about other people’s important days…I guess radio people decided we needed a day to celebrate ourselves. So, happy National Radio Day...and don’t complain about the commercials!

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